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Food Connection announces free summer lunch sites in Tacoma, Lakewood, Fife

Post by Kathleen Merryman / The News Tribune on May 23, 2011 at 3:08 pm with No Comments »
May 23, 2011 3:36 pm

St. Leo Food Connection will provide free lunches and snacks for children at 12 sites in Pierce County.

The Simplified Summer Food Program for Children is subsidized by the United States Department of Agriculture and aims to feed kids who might go hungry without the free or reduced lunches they get weekdays during the school year.
The program for children younger than 18 will run from June 20 through August 26.

“We know from the growth of our Backpack Program, which provides two days worth of food on Fridays to 430 children at 14 Tacoma public schools that many children in our community are at-risk of going hungry,” said St. Leo Food Connection Director Kevin Glackin-Coley.

“Last year we served a daily average of 500 children daily throughout the summer, but we know that the need is even greater,” he said. “With the program expansions that we are putting into place we anticipate that we will be serving 700 to 800 children on weekdays throughout the summer.”

The Food Connection is partnering with a number of local service agencies, including Catholic Community Services and the Tacoma Housing Authority.
Weekday meal sites and times will be:

• McCarver Park, 2111 South J St., Tacoma, lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m., and snack from 2:00 to 2:15 p.m.

• Hillside Apartments, 2330 South G St., Tacoma, lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m., and snack from 2:00 to 2:15 p.m.

• Salishan, 1724 E. 44th St., Tacoma, lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. and snack from 2:00 to 2:15 p.m.

• Bergeson Terrace, 5303 S. Orchard St., Tacoma, lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. and snack from 2:00 to 2:15 p.m.

•Colburn Park, 5410 20th St. E., Fife, snack from 9:30 to 9:45 a.m., and lunch from 12:30 to 1 p.m.

•Springbrook Park, 12501 Addison St. S.W. Lakewood, lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. and snack from 2:00 to 2:15 p.m.

• Lincoln Avenue Apartments, 12615 Lincoln Ave. S.W., Lakewood, lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. and snack from 2:00 to 2:15 p.m.

• American Lake Park, 9222 Veterans Drive S.W. , Lakewood, lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. and snack from 2:00 to 2:15 p.m.

• Sage Terrace Apartments, 3502 92nd St. S., Lakewood, lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. and snack from 2:00 to 2:15 p.m.

• Butler Apartments, 4901 115th St. Ct. SW, Lakewood, lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. and snack from 2:00 to 2:15 p.m.

• Lakewood Clubhouse, 8800 121st St. SW, Lakewood, lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. and snack from 2:00 to 2:15 p.m.

• Tyee Park, 11920 Seminole Rd. SW, Lakewood, lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon, and snack from 1:30 to 1:45 p.m.

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